Councillors have unanimously backed proposals from a group of Hartlepool hackney carriage drivers to increase taxi fares to help ensure they can make a decent living.
According to the Hartlepool Mail, the rise will see the cost of an average two-mile journey in town rise by 60p during the day and £1.40 on a night.
Hartlepool Borough Council’s licensing committee has unanimously approved the increase, ruling the rise is key to ensure drivers can make a reasonable living.
According to taxi trade publications, Hartlepool’s new hackney carriage tariff, at £5.40 for a two-mile journey during the day, will still be among the cheapest in the country, with more than 200 council areas charging £6 or more.
The proposed increase was backed by the Taxi Owners Working Group, a group of 10 hackney carriage owners, elected by the trade, including the Blueline company, which own around 30 vehicles.
All 86 hackney carriage owners were consulted with nine in favour, 27 against and the rest making no comment.
A public notice will now be issued informing residents of the rise. If any objections are received within 14 days of publication then the issue will be referred back to the committee.